Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Nov 18

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Wednesday, Nov 18.

S’pore needs top tech talent to build world-class teams: PM Lee

Singaporeans must see that tech firms are bringing in people they can learn from, he said.

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Trump to cut troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq

Troop levels will be cut by Jan 15 – five days before Trump is due to leave office.

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S’pore hawkers welcome recommendation for their culture to be included in Unesco’s heritage list

Some hope the nomination will encourage young people to step into the industry.

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SIA applies self-disinfecting coating in planes as it prepares to carry more passengers

The move comes ahead of the launch of the first air travel bubble flights to Hong Kong.

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Washington, Beijing must find areas of cooperation or risk sliding into conflict: Henry Kissinger

Under the Trump administration, bilateral relations have sunk to their lowest point in decades.

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US Navy plans to raise new fleet in Indo Pacific, says top US official

The Secretary of the US Navy said an additional fleet will beef up deterrence against China.

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S’pore-based Muslim Pro app developer denies selling user data to US military

Bitsmedia said it will immediately terminate its relationships with its data partners.

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Cortina plans to acquire Sincere Watch for $84.5 million

Sincere Watch group runs 18 boutiques, with luxury brands such as Omega and Audemars Piguet.

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Olympics: Singapore athletes in favour of getting vaccinated ahead of Tokyo Games

IOC boss Bach has urged all participants and fans to do so for the delayed event.

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Keep calm and curl up: More turning to meditation to cope with stress

At least three meditation centres here have seen an increase in people taking part in programmes.

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